Replies: 5 - Last Post: Sep 28, 2012 9:03 AM Last Post By: AndrewSmith
Aug 18, 2012 3:36 PM
slovenia climateWe are thinking seriously about a trip to Slovenia, but looking at the climate charts it looks as if there is no time of year when it is both reasonably warm and not raining quite a lot. I realize the climate varies from one part of the country to another, and that weather everywhere is unpredictable because of climate change. But if we want to visit several parts of this small country, and hike, when do people advise going?
Aug 18, 2012 10:25 PM
if you want to go hiking in Slovenija, mid June-Sept is the best for mountainous areas (Julian Alps region). September you get nice autumnal colours and it's cooling down by then and will most likely have less people around as a bonus! Make sure you check out Lake Bohinj. Paragliding from Mount Vogel is fantastic if you're in the region :)
Aug 19, 2012 8:04 AM
2It's not really that there are loads of rainy days, it's just that when it does rain, it rains a lot. Generally May to September has nice weather, with a couple of rainy days every now and again. November, early December, March and April are the worst, with clouds and a lot of rainy days. But yes, it does depend on where in the country you are. The southwest has much less bad weather than the central and eastern parts, although the least rainfall is in the northeast. The northwest (the Alps) has the worst weather by far, but it's still pretty nice.
For hiking, like the poster above said, mid-June to September. I would recommend going either in September or in June, the mountain huts get quite crowded in July and August.
Aug 20, 2012 11:01 AM
3For hiking in mountains I would advise anytime from May-September, though July can sometimes be too hot (unless you're hiking some really high mountains, it's a bit colder up there). It's really important to start hiking early in the morning, because afternoon showers are quite common. You should check the daily weather forecast, and if there's bad weather choose some other activity for the day.
Sep 28, 2012 8:41 AM
4I'm Slovenian and I love hiking in autumn so I think I understand the question ... almost every year there is a period of very nice, warm but not hot period of prolonged dry weather, ideal for hiking. It can happen any time between end of August and mid October. When exactly it is going to happen is impossible to predict. During the same period it is also possible to have a week of rain, so noting is guaranteed, but the type of weather you described is most likely to occur in the mentioned period.
In spring temperatures are fine but it rarely remains dry for several days (although this year we had a record dry March and last year a record dry April). In Summer it is either very hot or there is an increased chance of showers and thunder. There are nice clear not too hot days in Sumer too, but usually they only come as a nice day or two between a summer front and another hot period.
Sep 28, 2012 9:03 AM
5I have visited in Spring and in late Autumn. Both times we had some pleasant weather for hiking and, in autumn, a fair bit of rain. Like most of Europe, you can't predict the weather perfectly, especially not in the mountians. You just have to prepare yourself psychologically that if it rains for a day or too that doesn't mean the holiday is ruined.
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